LPL Seed Library Presents Butterflies of the Cowlitz-Columbia with Robert Michael Pyle
September 18, 11 AM Join us for another installment in the LPL Seed Library Presents speaker series! This series aims to explore diverse topics in the rich world of plants and their place in our lives. Our topic this time is Butterflies of the Cowlitz-Columbia. Western Washington is hardly the center of diversity or abundance for butterflies, thanks to its cool temperatures, often moist conditions, and heavy forest cover. However, human activities have created some of the open, sunny conditions that butterflies like, and certain species are well adapted to our climate and conditions. For the watchful, there is plenty of butterfly action in our gardens, parks, and natural areas around this place where the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers come together. Come along with Robert Michael Pyle as he introduces us to our most familiar species as well as some rarities, and clues us in on where best to look for butterflies and how to garden and manage our lands to encourage them. Bob is a lifelong lepidopterist, the founder of the Xerces Society, and the author of several significant field guides of North American and Northwestern butterflies as well as twenty other books of natural history, fiction, and poetry. He lives and watches butterflies in Grays River.
WBA will continue the Zoom online format for it’s 2021/2022 meetings and our first program will be a traditional Share-the-Wealth and reconnect/get-together Zoom meeting. Please bring your photos, stories, and highlights of any trips you have made during the pandemic summer when we weren’t able to have official field trips.
For the time being, it makes sense to continue the online meetings. We’re exploring whether there might be some opportunities for in-person get-togethers in the Seattle area, but the online format provides several advantages for our regular meetings. We’re able to bring in speakers from further afield and also to enjoy the participation of lep fans across the state, and the country. We hope you can join us!
For the past seven years, the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium has been compiling insect and arthropod photos as part of its weekly What’s Buzzin’ report – highlighting some of the species currently out and about in western Montana. Glenn Marangelo will share photos and information about some of the incredible species that have been documented as part of this popular seasonal account. If you’ve ever wondered “what that bug was” in your backyard or while out on a hike in the backcountry, this may answer some of your burning insect identification questions.
Glenn Marangelo: Originally from NJ, Glenn has called Missoula, MT home since 1995. He has worked as a non-profit fundraiser ever since moving to Missoula, having worked with Five Valleys Land Trust and Wilderness Watch, among other positions. In 2009 he helped found the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium (MBHI) and in mid 2016 became the organization’s first Development Director. In addition to fundraising, Glenn makes insect-filled visits on Montana Public Radio’s Pea Green Boat, contributes to MBHI’s What’s Buzzin’ reports, writes the organization’s Bug Bytes podcast, and loves to “talk bugs”. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, birding …and of course, observing and learning about insects.
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Why are male butterflies often more colorful than females? And if female preferences are responsible for the evolution of male colors, what benefits do females enjoy from choosing more colorful males as mates? Dr. Morehouse will tackle these topics and others related to butterfly courtship, mating and reproduction as he discusses recent insights from his research into the colorful lives of these remarkable animals.
Dr. Morehouse is an Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Institute for Research in Sensing at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on the visual ecology and evolutionary biology of insects and spiders. He also has strong interests in interdisciplinary research and conversations between science and the arts. More information about him and his life’s work can be found in this recent Q&A published in Currently Biology: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.12.020
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